Library Journal Fall 2019/Winter 2020 Best Debuts

Discover new authors with Library Journal‘s Fall 2019/Winter 2020 Best Debuts round-up!


ORMESHADOW by Priya Sharma
Burning with resentment and intrigue, this fantastical family drama invites readers to dig up the secrets of the Belman family, and wonder whether myths and legends are real enough to answer for a history of sin.

Literary Gems

WHAT IS MISSING by Michael Frank
Suspenseful and gripping, award-winning author Michael Frank’s debut novel is a psychological family drama about a father, a son, and the woman they both love.

Books to Anticipate

SALTWATER by Jessica Andrews
This “luminous” (The Observer) feminist coming-of-age novel captures in sensuous, blistering prose the richness and imperfection of the bond between a daughter and her mother.

THE YELLOW BIRD SINGS by Jennifer Rosner
In Poland, as World War II rages, a mother hides with her young daughter, a musical prodigy whose slightest sound may cost them their lives.

SAINT X by Alexis Schaitkin
A haunting portrait of grief, obsession, and the bond between two sisters never truly given the chance to know one another.

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